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1047 clicks; posted to Business » on 06 Jul 2022 at 8:04 PM (5 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-07-06 8:12:03 PM  
I look forward to the exciting future of solar trailer parks, filled with guys named Ray.
 
2022-07-06 8:26:48 PM  
Pretty sure I said this before on Fark and got a lot of laughs.
 
2022-07-06 8:32:47 PM  
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2022-07-06 8:55:57 PM  
Here is the pseudo math. If you had a Plug in Prius, you have a roof that can support about 400 W of solar panels, and let's just say that it will generate about 200 W on average when the sun is up. So 1.5 kW per day into the batteries. The version sold in Japan charges the actual battery used for propulsion, by the way. I had a chance to buy this feature for 2000 bucks, but the pay back was 20 years or so. I passed because, although cool, it is just not worth it.

Anyway, 10 km per day under pretty well ideal circumstances. I think they advertise 5 km or something.

Assuming the same for a Tesla's roof space, the amount of electricity generated from the rooftop is trivial. But if you had a low, light trailer behind you, optimized for minimal air resistance, and made it the size of a semi trailer, and covered it with high quality panels, then that is 21--25 m2 on the top and then you have the sides, with lower efficiency, but let's say another 20 square meters. Let's call it 40 square meters total and 150 W per square meter and cut that in half. 3 kW times 7 hours per day... That is 21 kWh per day under pretty conservative conditions so 130 km or so per day?

It is not a horrible idea. Someone could come along and say that putting a gasoline generator on a much smaller trailer makes more sense. Someone could say that the trailer could be a tiny house or living space.

Super niche market. Australia, the US Southwest, Spain, North Africa, etc. Burning Man. Slab city.

As a practical value proposition, it is a stretch. Tesla does not do well with practical value propositions. They will screw it up somehow.

Fun point: is it superior to an electric RV? Is it better than a dedicated vehicle? Maaaaybe.
 
2022-07-06 8:58:07 PM  
Raise your hand if you want to watch a YouTube video posted by a Tesla Nomad visiting Burning Man or Coachella.
 
2022-07-06 9:02:55 PM  
I'm ready for Elon to STFU. He's proven that he had a good run as a businessman, but now his self-claimed 'engineering' skills are shown to be a fraud as is his business doctrine.
 
2022-07-06 9:35:20 PM  
you probably won't see this trailer for sale any time soon.

I see that TFA author is familiar with Tesla.

Maybe instead of churning out more proof of concept junk they should focus on fixing their production problems and deliver the products they're behind schedule on.

Oh wait this is an advertisement disguised as "news".
 
2022-07-06 9:40:28 PM  

2fardownthread: Raise your hand if you want to watch a YouTube video posted by a Tesla Nomad visiting Burning Man or Coachella.


What if I want to watch a video of a man coaching a nomad named Ella on how to burn a Tesla?
 
2022-07-06 9:46:26 PM  

fastfxr: I'm ready for Elon to STFU. He's proven that he had a good run as a businessman, but now his self-claimed 'engineering' skills are shown to be a fraud as is his business doctrine.


Replying to all of the Elon threads is a smart choice in your plan to not hear about him.
 
2022-07-06 9:49:35 PM  

fastfxr: I'm ready for Elon to STFU. He's proven that he had a good run as a businessman, but now his self-claimed 'engineering' skills are shown to be a fraud as is his business doctrine.


Yeah... you're so sick of Elon that you jump into threads attached to regular old Tesla articles to comment about him.
 
2022-07-06 10:08:47 PM  

2fardownthread: Here is the pseudo math. If you had a Plug in Prius, you have a roof that can support about 400 W of solar panels, and let's just say that it will generate about 200 W on average when the sun is up. So 1.5 kW per day into the batteries. The version sold in Japan charges the actual battery used for propulsion, by the way. I had a chance to buy this feature for 2000 bucks, but the pay back was 20 years or so. I passed because, although cool, it is just not worth it.

Anyway, 10 km per day under pretty well ideal circumstances. I think they advertise 5 km or something.

Assuming the same for a Tesla's roof space, the amount of electricity generated from the rooftop is trivial. But if you had a low, light trailer behind you, optimized for minimal air resistance, and made it the size of a semi trailer, and covered it with high quality panels, then that is 21--25 m2 on the top and then you have the sides, with lower efficiency, but let's say another 20 square meters. Let's call it 40 square meters total and 150 W per square meter and cut that in half. 3 kW times 7 hours per day... That is 21 kWh per day under pretty conservative conditions so 130 km or so per day?

It is not a horrible idea. Someone could come along and say that putting a gasoline generator on a much smaller trailer makes more sense. Someone could say that the trailer could be a tiny house or living space.

Super niche market. Australia, the US Southwest, Spain, North Africa, etc. Burning Man. Slab city.

As a practical value proposition, it is a stretch. Tesla does not do well with practical value propositions. They will screw it up somehow.

Fun point: is it superior to an electric RV? Is it better than a dedicated vehicle? Maaaaybe.


I think towing a 2 stroke generator plugged into a Tesla would be absolutely farking hilarious.

You'd see a Tesla and hear a dirt bike hooligan.
 
2022-07-06 10:27:18 PM  
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Eesh.
 
2022-07-06 10:31:14 PM  
You asked...

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Pretty sure this one is a shoop.

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Pretty good shading work for a shoop.

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This one is definitely real. (I can tell by the grains of sand)
 
2022-07-07 4:20:35 AM  

fastfxr: I'm ready for Elon to STFU.


well I got some bad news for you then
 
2022-07-07 5:55:33 AM  

Likwit: fastfxr: I'm ready for Elon to STFU. He's proven that he had a good run as a businessman, but now his self-claimed 'engineering' skills are shown to be a fraud as is his business doctrine.

Yeah... you're so sick of Elon that you jump into threads attached to regular old Tesla articles to comment about him.


Well I don't know about 'jumping into threads'...it's not like I'm commenting daily around here, and it's not like I'm seeking out Musk threads when I do.
I drink, stars align somehow, and I comment. Just because Musk threads got greened is just happenstance. Or maybe cosmic fate, if you believe that stuff.

Cool that I have fans tho.
 
2022-07-07 8:13:21 AM  
Is this nonsense a distraction from today's story about Musk banging one of his Neuralink execs? her progress in the company is quite remarkable, she must be very talented.
 
2022-07-07 9:35:16 AM  

fastfxr: I'm ready for Elon to STFU. He's proven that he had a good run as a businessman, but now his self-claimed 'engineering' skills are shown to be a fraud as is his business doctrine.


Based on the picture and your astute assessment, I'd say the man is all hat, no cattle.
 
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